Homeless Veteran with PTSD

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Like a rat in a hole

I recently met a gentleman at the Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. He was disheveled and appeared annoyed.  The man was muttering to himself a little too loud. I sat down beside him and asked if I could help. “Why do you want to talk to me,” he asked? He looked over from his chair and glared.  This man was definitely a homeless Veteran with PTSD.

I told him, “You look like a nice person to talk to, and I haven’t had my morning chat.”  He almost smiled!  He said, “I am nobody. Homeless! No one talks to us. Like rats in a hole … What do you want,”  Maybe deservedly a little snarky he demanded?

Navigating being a homeless Veteran with PTSD

The man also said, “I rode the bus all the way from Cocoa [Florida] for an appointment that the clinic says I don’t have today. Boy, that pisses me off – don’t they know how far I travel?”  I asked him if the clinic could see him as a walk-in considering the mix-up.  He looked at me with his eyes wide and piercing, “On yeah, they offered me walk-in, but there ain’t no mistake.  I have the appointment card — back at my motel — just not here.”  I paused, then said, “I see, what do you want to do for today?”

Communicating with someone who has PTSD can be tough

This man didn’t have much left other than his pride. I could see the way he looked at me and said, “I haven’t had no woman wait on me since I was 5-years old.  Guess I don’t need one now.  Anyway, last time I asked a woman for some legitimate help was here [at the information desk]. to call me a taxi, she just looked at me a little funny.  I asked her if she would call the security guard.  I know him!  

She looked at me “FUNNY” again but still no call for a taxi.  I looked at her “REAL FUNNY” and said, “If I throw something through this window here will you call the security guard for me. She looked at me “even funnier,” then said, “Nope, I will call the police, and you will be arrested.”  He told me he walked out of the VA, but didn’t say where he went.  I told him, “Good decision!”  He said he didn’t want to go to jail again.  I wish I knew why the woman at the information desk would not call this man a taxi.  It was just one more way to dehumanize him.

PTSD often leads to prison

Another issue dragging this Veteran, and many others, down is the fact that he is not only homeless, but he is also a prior felon.  He was released from prison five years ago. He said, “I didn’t do the crime I was charged with, but I did time.”  Now, with a felony record, he is unable to find a job or housing. 

This homeless Veteran is living in a motel at a weekly rate, which is terribly expensive. “There is barely enough left for food,” he said. “I go to the food banks routinely.  This is not how I should have to live.  Like a rat in a hole.”  This veteran feels demoralized with no way to redeem his life.  He gets money from the VA, but it is not enough to live on.  He said that his pain is not being addressed by the VA, and admits to using marijuana which is another expense.

Expunging a record

In certain cases, there may be opportunities for a crime to be expunged from a Veterans record depending on the level of the infraction in a pre-trial program or an evaluation hearing after release. (see ,Vietnam Veterans Project) It depends on the crime. Many states agree, the Veterans who suffer from PTSD from combat trauma are more likely to be arrested for criminal behavior. Not so long ago, the worry was only that Vietnam Veterans were in prison or making prison a revolving door.  With the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans from those theatres are also showing up in prison.

 Prison is a fundamental problem with dire consequences. It can last a lifetime if a Combat Veteran is impacted by war or war sits in prison crime while their leadership goes free.   Plus, the hardest thing to understand is when Soldiers report war crime and they become victims.

There are so many reasons why veterans take their life.  We need a better way to provide a safety net for Combat Veterans.

Statistics for Homeless Veterans with PTSD

 Here are some statistics concerning veterans homeless according to the National Coalition for Homelessness, specifically related to Veterans:

23% of the U.S. homeless population are Veterans
33% of the U.S. male homeless population are Veterans
47% of Vietnam Era Veterans are homeless 15% pre-Vietnam-Era Veterans are homeless
89% of incarcerated Veterans received Honorable Discharge
76% of Veterans experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems
46% of incarcerated Veterans age 45 or older compared to 20% non-veterans
79% of incarcerated Veterans reside in central cities
67% of homeless veterans serve three or more years
33% of Veterans stationed in war zone have been incarcerateds
25% of Veterans have used VA Homeless Services
85% of homeless veterans completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans
16% of incarcerated Veterans reside in suburban areas
5% of incarcerated Veterans reside in rural areas
46% of incarcerated Veterans are white males compared to 34% non-veterans

These statistics are astonishing.  More effort must be directed towards providing Veterans with stable services within Veteran Hospitals or Veteran Centers.  The President and Congress are too focused on privatization rather than the best interest of the needs of America’s Veterans.

3 comments on “Homeless Veteran with PTSD”

  1. If your goverment requires you to receive a microchip under your skin, would you allow it?

    This is the future we are heading towards with RFID microchip technology.

    Even more note worthy, did you know there was somone almost 2000 years ago who prophesied of a cashless society in the end times? His name is Jesus.

    Did you know that this RFID chip aligns perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 13:16-18?

    “He(the false prophet) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18).

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise we could still buy or sell without the mark among others if physical money was still currency. This mark could not be spiritual, because the word references two different physical locations on the human body. If it was spiritual, it would only say in the forehead.

    Mr. Carl Sanders attended seventeen New World Order meetings with heads of state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring forth this one-world system. The government commissioned Mr. Sanders to engineer a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world-a microchip that could be placed under the skin with a hypodermic needle(a quick, convenient method that would be slowly accepted by society).

    Mr. Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with US grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this challenge and designed a chip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature fluctuations in our skin. Without having knowledge of the Bible(Carl was not a follower of Jesus at the time), these engineers spent one and a half million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip placed under the skin.

    These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand(the two locations Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable locations for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The RFID microchip is about seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of holding pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped engineer, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick. Carl believes this is referring to the use of a hypodermic needle being poked into the human flesh to insert the microchip.”

    Carl Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first(Angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    The Bible tells us we cannot buy or sell without the mark of the beast, or the number of its name. This number is identified as 666. The Bible tells us to calculate the number 666.

    In this world we are identified by numbers, whether it is our social security number, drivers license, or cards used to make payments. The number of the beast represents something like this, to identify us in a one world government system. This number will be contained within the RFID microchip to identify each and every one of us so we may buy or sell.

    To see the hidden meaning behind calculating the number 666(6+6+6=18), and how it aligns with scipture perfectly,

    Go to: https://biblefreedom.com/rfid-mark-revealed

    The Bible warns us in the last days that a false prophet will rise up doing miracles to deceive many to take this mark. At all cost, do not take it!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    With all these religions in the world, how can we be confident the Bible got it right? The scientific data has established and continues to support that the universe once had a beginning in which space, time and matter were created. This is known as the big bang.

    “The non-biblical religions tell us that god or god’s create within space and time that eternally exist. The Bible stands alone and says that time and space don’t exist until God creates the universe.” – Hugh Ross

    Did you know that the real Noah’s Ark was discovered where the Bible told us it would be with the correct dimensions? As well as hard evidence for the destruction of Sodom Gomorrah and the Exodus account of the Red Sea crossing?

    The Bible is the most translated and read book in the history of the world, full of predictive prophecies. Wouldn’t you expect God’s word to be so?

    This information can all be found at https://biblefreedom.com

    “And He(Jesus) said to me(Apostle John), “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts” (Revelation 21:6).

    “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water(the Holy Spirit) that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14).

    “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:5-6).

    All religion is man-made. Man can create religion, but no one can create the Holy Spirit that comes from God out of Heaven. Jesus never told us to follow a religion or denomination:

    “Then He(Jesus) said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).

    You can receive the Spirit of God right now. If you are willing to humble yourself before Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day; call out to God and ask Him to forgive your sins, to receive His Holy Spirit. If you are genuine, He is faithful and just to forgive, and He will give you a new heart, a renewing of the mind, restoring everything the devil has stolen from you; making you like a child again.

    When we receive the Spirit of God, we become born from above, and His seed resides within us. We no longer make a practice of sin, but rather turn away from unrighteousness and receive the righteousness of Christ.

    From that point onward, we must put all our hope and trust in Jesus, and grow to walk in His ways, not straying from the narrow path. For Jesus says,

    “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

    “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty(One God), Who was(Jesus) and is(YHWH) and is to come(Jesus)!” (Revelation 4:8).

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